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December 13, 2013

Mollah execution divides Bangladesh

Violent clashes erupt after controversial hanging of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah.

Youths attempt to control a fire by pouring coloured water on the charred remains of vehicles that were torched and vandalised by Jamaat-e-Islami party supporters during clashes with police in Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 13, 2013. (REUTERS/ANDREW BIRAJ)

At least four people were killed in Bangladesh on Friday during violent protests that erupted in response to the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah. After a brief stay of execution, he was hanged on Thursday, leaving behind mixed emotions.

Mollah was found guilty of war crimes committed while serving as the leader of a pro-Pakistan armed group during the 1971 war of independence. He was convicted of rape, torture and mass murder, including involvement in the killing of at least 350 unarmed civilians.